On Sunday I got my Personal Worst in a 10k - 1hr 8 minutes and 2 seconds. It's weird really because I have done 3 10k races now and I have got slower with each one. I can't make any excuses - I was already making up excuses before I went into the race. I'd been ill which had affected my training, I had a blister, it was too sunny. The only real reason I could find was that I didn't follow my training plan. (Yes, this was partly because I had the flu for a bit but even before that I was slacking off slightly.)
Anyway, in the end I was just relieved to finish the 10k. 6 miles. I have only ever ran this far on race days, but now I will try running it more regularly in training to work towards my half marathon goal.
So, the race itself (bar my terrible performance) had all the ingredients for a good race. Lovely weather, by the seaside. However, I was a bit disappointed with the course. It was a 2 lap course which in itself was pretty boring and it was such a tight start as there were no road closures so we had to run on the pavement. The route markings were also pretty unclear and as it looped back on itself so often there were times when I thought 'I could easily just turn around and skip out a whole kilometre' but of course I didn't (I would hope I'd be a lot faster than 1hr8 if I did!) The marshalls also didn't exactly look enthusiastic, except for the odd one who would remind you to keep to the right as the winners on their 2nd lap would be coming up shortly to overtake you. I felt like I was going around in circles after a while and I had to run over the same bridge 4 times and each time it hurt my legs a little bit more. I don't think I would enter this again, although the goodie bag was quite good.